Total Nerd The Best City-Building Games of All Time  

Reference
Originally by
23.1k votes 5.7k voters 746.1k views 70 items Embed

List Rules Vote up your favorite city-building sim games.

These are the best city building games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated city-builder games for PC, mobile, and Mac are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest city-building games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these city builders are considered the best in the genre. If you're only familiar with the SimCity franchise, then prepare to find a ton of other games that are less known but equally as fun. If you're a fan of the Settlers franchise in particular, then you'll want to check out this list of the best games from the Settlers series.

This list includes all challenging city building video games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new city-builder games. These games, like SimCity and Pharaoh include images when available. This list answers the questions, "What are the best city-building games?" and "What is the greatest city building games of all time?" If you're looking for a list of games like SimCity then this list is exactly what you need.
list ordered by

1
1,409 427
Pharaoh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Pharaoh 1999

The Best Dragon Pokemon of All Time The Best Fighting Games of All Time

2
895 84
Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
carvingatokemo7 added Cities: Skylines

3
1,197 375
Caesar III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar III 1998

4
887 166
Banished is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished

5
615 170
Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Alejandro002 added Tropico 4 2011

6
801 296
Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

7
811 280
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 4 2003

8
704 303
SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

9
550 177
Anno 1404 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1404 Jun 25 2009

10
562 277
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Ki... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

11
476 243
Anno 2070 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 2070 2011

12
436 189
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

13
281 144
Anno 1701 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1701 2006

14
427 215
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

15
299 153
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

The 25 Most Sexually Frustrated Pokemon The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

16
317 179
Caesar IV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar IV 2006

17
235 80
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2003

18
400 284
Cities XL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Cities XL Sep 03 2009

19
172 125
Immortal Cities: Children of t... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

20
285 195
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold Jan 01 1993

21
104 42
Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3 2009

22
178 78
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 2002

23
214 111
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

24
157 68
Tropico is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Tropico 2001

25
168 142
CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

26
226 214
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kin... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

27
194 125
Anno 1602 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1602 2000

28
65 34
Tropico 3: Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3: Absolute Power 2010

29
162 154
The Settlers: Rise of an Empir... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

12 Celebrities Who Were Raised in Cults The Best Qualities in a Man

30
56 57
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 2: Pirate Cove 2003

31
200 153
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

32
117 116
Grand Ages: Rome is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Grand Ages: Rome Mar 17 2009

33
58 40
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization

34
72 60
Simcity 2013 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
KushNeo added Simcity 2013

35
120 103
Anno 1503 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1503 2003

36
38 40
Tropico: Paradise Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
ZacharyHoyte added Tropico: Paradise Island 2002

37
26 26
Cities XXL is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Sil Mata added Cities XXL

38
35 43
Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
ahmadrazamasood added Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow

39
78 117
Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

40
103 100
Caesar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

41
27 38
Civilization III: Conquests is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization III: Conquests 2003

42
62 108
Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

43
20 38
The Settlers III: Quest of the... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

The 26 Greatest Pictures of Animals Riding Other Animals The Best Stacy's Pita Chips Flavors of All Time

44
15 2
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

45
87 103
Tycoon City: New York is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

46
18 49
Minecraft Pocket Edition is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
game4sss added Minecraft Pocket Edition

47
6 4
Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

48
60 86
Traffic Giant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Traffic Giant Jan 01 2000

49
67 156
Glory of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

50
6 29
Towns is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Towns http://www.townsgame.com/